‘Unfair’ tolls slug families
Family vehicles are being hit with higher tolls because of how EastLink and CityLink classify them.
The minibus Mat Mason drives for work each day is longer, taller and heavier than the Volkswagen Amarok he uses for everyday purposes.
Yet any time Mat (pictured) uses either of Victoria’s two toll roads, CityLink and EastLink, he’s slugged higher tolls in his Amarok than he is in the minibus.
Mat is one of a rapidly growing number of Victorians who drive vehicles with cab chassis, such as the Amarok, as a day-to-day family car.
“The Amarok is hugely popular as a family commute. It drives like a sedan, it’s extremely comfortable and it’s made to be like a normal everyday vehicle,” he says.
While tolls for his minibus on CityLink are capped at $9.07 per trip with an e-tag, Mat can pay up to $14.51 per trip in his Amarok.